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Post by Eorl @ 10:31am 28/01/14 | 19 Comments
Valve is continuing their humungous updates for free-to-play MOBA DOTA 2, revealing a patch list as large as three pages and of course introducing the newest hero to the ranks; Terrorblade.
Terrorblade is the demon marauder—an outlaw hellion whom even other demons fear. He stole from the Demon Lords and for his crimes was taught this lesson: even Hell has a hell. He was incarcerated in Foulfell, a dark mirror of reality where demons are sentenced to gaze into twisted reflections of their own souls. But instead of suffering, Terrorblade mastered his reflected worst self and turned his terror loose upon creation.
Terrorblade comes equipped with a range of deadly abilities from creating copies of your enemies (that attack and slow the target) to swapping your melee attack for a ranged strike and exchanging your health for the ally or enemies. It is currently unclear where Terrorblade will sit in the meta gaming, and what lane he'll show most appreciation for, but he'll definitely be one enemy you'll want to keep both eyes on.

The new update also comes alongside the random ability draft, a new game mode that unlocks at level 11 in which each player is "randomly assigned a hero, and each hero's abilities are placed into a pool." Chaos will definitely ensue as you struggle to take in the fact that you are playing Axe but throwing Pudge's hook.

As usual with Valve, it isn't just the usual patch notes you'll be getting today as the team unveiled the newest event to go live in-game, 'New Bloom Festival'. Far too much is being added in this event to list here, but expect a number of new weapons, armour, fireworks and news 'Crimson Parcels' to unlock the hidden secrets of the New Bloom Festival. Check it all out at the official splash page.

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Posted 10:57am 28/1/14
been waiting for terrorblade. oooo!
Posted 11:16am 28/1/14

You now lose one gold per second if you haven't picked a hero after the selection timer runs out in All Pick
All Pick selection time increased from 60 to 75
All Pick pre-creep time reduced from 90 to 75

YAY! Hopefully this will get things moving a bit quicker and try to end the counter picking war a bit.
Posted 12:18pm 28/1/14
I don't feel confident enough to play against human opponents so I am fighting vs bots at the moment.
Posted 12:19pm 28/1/14
You can never be prepared enough for DOTA - so I would just dive in when you've got the basic mechanics, and a few hours down pat.
Posted 01:09pm 28/1/14
Yeah just jump in, expect name calling and obscenities and try to have fun. No one is perfect when it comes to MOBA titles, and you end up learning more on the fly when its live rather than with bots.
Posted 02:02pm 28/1/14
People complain and name call even when they're at 1-8-5 and you're in positive K/D/A.

Fugging dota.

Patch notes look good, nerf for crystal maiden though 3
Posted 02:35pm 28/1/14
Yeah just jump in, expect name calling and obscenities and try to have fun. No one is perfect when it comes to MOBA titles, and you end up learning more on the fly when its live rather than with bots.

Yeh you cap out pretty quickly vs bots. If you want to ever play real dota just man up and jump in.

Take no s*** though. If someone has helpful advice listen for sure, but 90% of the time its just angsty nerdrage. Like if someone asks why you are building a Battlefury on Anti-Mage vs an aggressive push lineup, and you don't understand what the complaint is, then ask why! It will help you.

But mostly people will just be all ragey. The correct response is a 'pls dont be a douche or Im just ignore you' and then inevitably when you get a douchey++ reply use the ignore button and move on. Add a report if they are especially f***ed up.

Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played! Well played!
Posted 02:41pm 28/1/14
I wish DOTA 2 had responses like Hearthstone. 'The Light Shall Burn You!' is such a fun phrase to spam.
Posted 03:20pm 28/1/14
The best way to play dota is with a couple of friends. It's just more fun. If you do play alone and find someone fun, join up with them.
Posted 04:18pm 28/1/14
DotA 2 community at it's finest with you guys. I'm loving the gold loss after pick, I've had too many games that have paused right at the start because three people still need to pick someone. Also I learnt a lot about heroes from Dota 2 fails of the week, strange I know but with the guys naming the abilities and heroes, you quickly get a grasp on characters...and what not to do as them. :P
Posted 04:39pm 28/1/14
Hah we always unpause 0:00 counterpirckers!

Can see teams having their bland support pick and then dc at 0:20 though so they can buy lots of uninterrupted pauses.
Posted 05:10pm 28/1/14
I need to get back into MOBA's, miss having a competitive game in my cycle.
Posted 05:22pm 28/1/14
:o no blink mana cost

tinker laser range sounds a bit silly although by the time you get aghs it's not as hectic and if they're rushing it then they've foregone something that's probably more useful.

wonder if they'll start adding more aghs effects for non ulti abilities
Posted 06:29pm 28/1/14
Yay terrorblade. Its been so long

last edited by Dodgymon at 18:29:49 28/Jan/14
Posted 10:04pm 28/1/14
:o no blink mana cost

Great for low mana heroes like tide, axe.

That aghs on tinker affecting non-ult spells is interesting. Suppose it makes up for not affecting his ulti.

Also saw the TP stack delay. Was this always in place? Never knew about it but did wonder why i thought the TP channel times seemed to change

I havent played DOTA2 since before the release of the elementals. Actually uninstalled it the other day. Sad times. Still good to see the updates though.
Posted 10:49pm 28/1/14
Finally Broodmother isnt op anymore.
Posted 06:33am 29/1/14

More stuff! Another hero, "Phoenix, also a bit more info about some more items and a few minor changes.
Posted 10:31am 29/1/14
O M G. How awesome does that Replay Takeover sound
Grab your friends and rewrite history! Now you can take control in any replay created after the New Bloom update, then act out the rest of the match from that moment forward. During a replay, hit the Takeover button to create a lobby where everyone can choose which hero to portray. Resume the match, and become the one to turn the tide of a favorite pro play, discover a way to escape an impossible setup, or relive a cherished team fight again and again.

Takeovers are considered a new match and have separate replays, which are recorded from the moment you assume control.
Posted 01:11pm 29/1/14
That replay takeover sounds really cool. Also Test client was updated 750MB+ patch, ShadowFiend references have been renamed to Nevermore, looks like hes getting an update. Might find out tomorrow.

last edited by Crash at 13:11:09 29/Jan/14
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